The area was named Solitaire by the wife of the original homesteader, Willem Christoffel van Coller, who purchased the farm in 1948. The name was chosen because solitaire can mean a single set diamond and solitude or loneliness. Combined, these two meanings create the definition of being unique, or a one-of-a-kind and a precious, but solitary place. For most of the year Solitaire is the proverbial one horse town, but during the tourist season it becomes very busy, with visitors heading to the dunes fr om either Swakopmund or Windhoek passing through.
There is a restaurant and bar that serves set menu's for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Buffet style meals can be arranged for larger groups. There is a laundry service, Internet facility in the main office, secure parking and the lodge is wheelchair and child friendly.
This mystic little settlement, does justice to its name in more than one way. As a stopover on your tour of southwestern Namibia and on the way to Sossusvlei, it is a must. The general dealer store offers home home-baked bread, apple pie, drinks, fuel and a much-used tyre repair service. Unfortunately 'Moose McGregor' who received wide coverage for his shop's apple pie passed away in 2014 but his memory and apple pie live on forever!
There are 25 en-suite, fairly basic bedrooms, including 2 family rooms that sleep 5 people. Each room has two single beds/ double bed, with a fan and a tea/coffee station.. All of the rooms face the central courtyard, and there is a huge swimming pool in the centre of the yard.
There are a number of walking trails that start and finish at the lodge. A guide and a telescope can be booked for guests interested in a 'Stargazing' night walk. Scenic self-drives and spectacular sunsets can be taken from the top of the escarpment, through Spreetshoogte or Remhoogte pass.
Solitaire has an air-strip wh ere transfers to and from the lodge can be organized.
Solitaire is known in The Netherlands because of the book of the same name, by Dutch author Ton van der Lee dealing with his experiences here.